When you visit Oklahoma City on July 4th or a few days before and after, you'll find no shortage of fun festivities, including its popular Red, White & Boom celebration. Other Independence Day options in the metro area include Bethany's Freedom Festival, Edmond's LibertyFest, Yukon's Freedom Fest, Midwest City's Tribute to Liberty, Bricktown's 4th Fest, and Moore's Celebration in the Heartland.
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July 2, 2019, brings the 12th Red, White & Boom celebration to Oklahoma City with a free live concert and, of course, the fireworks extravaganza. It's a top place to spend the holiday in the Oklahoma City area.
Date and times: Red, White & Boom is at 8:30 p.m. on July 2 with the OKC Philharmonic presenting Patriotic Pops. Fireworks will follow the concert at 10 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and enjoy concessions as well.
Location: This annual event is held at the State Fair Park.
Admission: Admission and parking are free.
Concessions: Food vendors will be on hand.
This year marks the 61st anniversary of Bethany's Freedom Festival. The event includes a parade, carnival rides, and fireworks.
Date and times: The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on July 4. It features one of the state's largest fireworks displays, which begins at approximately 9:55 p.m.
Location: The Bethany Freedom Festival takes place at Eldon Lyon Park in Bethany. The park is located just south of NW 39th Expressway between Council and Rockwell. Parking is available on the south end of the park off NW 36th.
Events: Admission is free, but there's a charge for ride tickets and games. Wristbands are available for multiple carnival rides. There's also a parade, pony rides, classic car show, inflatables, and live music.
Food, vendors, and more: Along with carnival rides and plenty of food, there will be shopping opportunities.
Previously selected by CNN and USA TODAY as one of the top 10 places to be in America on July Fourth, Edmond's LibertyFest is a weeklong celebration of the nation's birth. With the state's largest hometown parade, one of the largest fireworks displays in the area, and more than 125,000 visitors, it's an event not to be missed.
Date and times: Edmond's LibertyFest begins Saturday, June 22nd and runs through Wednesday, July 6th. On July 4, the LibertyFest Parade starts downtown at 9 a.m. with the fireworks show at Hafer Park scheduled for 9:30 p.m.
Location: Many of the 10 LibertyFest events take place in downtown Edmond (north on Broadway extension to Edmond Road). The best viewing spot for fireworks is on the grounds of the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) campus east of downtown on Edmond Road (Second Street).
Admission: There is no charge for viewing the huge, 100-entry LibertyFest parade, concert, or the fireworks display. The Taste of Edmond food festival held on June 30, 2019, costs $12 for adults if purchased in advance online (also available at Edmond Convention & Visitor's Bureau and select local businesses) and $17 on event day. Children 10 and younger are free. Admission allows you to sample food from all the different restaurants.
Events: LibertyFest activities include a rodeo, car show, kite fest, UCO Summer Band outdoor concert of patriotic tunes, Road Rally scavenger hunt, Taste of Edmond, parade, Festival ParkFest, and fireworks.
Food, vendors, and more: From 6 to 10 p.m. on July 4, there will be food, music, rides, and games on the grounds of the UCO campus. Seating won't be provided, but you can bring lawn chairs or blankets. Neither pets nor coolers are allowed.
The city of Yukon celebrates the nation's birthday with its huge two-day Freedom Fest event. The celebration includes two nights of fireworks displays, outdoor evening concerts, kids' activities, parade, and more.
Date and times: The celebration begins at 5 p.m. on July 3 with live music and a tribute to veterans. The first night's fireworks follow at 10 p.m.
July Fourth fun starts at 8 a.m. and features a full day of activities including a children's parade, hot dog eating contest, and free watermelon and ice cream, Oklahoma City Philharmonic concert at 8:30 p.m., and fireworks at 10 p.m.
Location: Freedom Fest events take place in Chisholm Trail Park (500 W. Vandament), Freedom Trail (2101 S. Holly Ave.), and Yukon City Park (2200 S. Holly).
Admission: Admission to all Freedom Fest events is free.
Other information: Feel free to bring your lawn chairs.
The Oklahoma City community of Midwest City celebrates the nation's birthday with an annual Tribute to Liberty event that features live music, a flyover, and fireworks display at dusk.
Date and times: Midwest City's event is held on July 4 with music beginning at 6 p.m. The fireworks begin at approximately 9:45 p.m.
Location: The event is held each year at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park, located near Reno Avenue and Midwest Boulevard.
Admission: Admission to the Midwest City event is free.
Other information: Feel free to bring your lawn chairs. There will be food vendors and inflatable toys (for a fee). Alcohol is not allowed.
Get active on the Fourth of July with OKC 4th Fest featuring activities including a full day of whitewater rafting and fun including a local DJ, lawn games, food trucks, and fireworks starting at 9:45 p.m.
Location: Boathouse District. RIVERSPORT Adventures, 800 Riversport Dr., Oklahoma City.
Date and Times: July 4, 2019. All day.
Admission: RIVERSPORT passes for the rafting will be available at regular prices throughout the day. Admission to the Boathouse District and OKC 4th Fest is free with parking $10 per car.
A Celebration in the Heartland
A Celebration in the Heartland is an outdoor festival that attracts spectators from the town of Moore and the surrounding Oklahoma City metro communities. There will be a car show, live music, food vendors, children’s activities, and arts and crafts vendors.
Location: Buck Thomas Park, 1903 NE 12th Street in Moore, OK
Date and Times: July 4, 2019, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. (Fireworks at approximately 9:45 p.m.)